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Restorative Justice Trainings and Resources

Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.

As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”

OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.

Restorative Justice Professional Development

Please check back for the full 2019-20 school year schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities.

Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice

During the 2019-20 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.

The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019
Topic: Building Community
Location: One Judiciary Square (441 Fourth St. NW), Old Council Chambers
Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other. For this month's Community of Practice, We will be creating a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.

REGISTER


Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019
Topic: Meeting the Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Needs of Our School
Location: TBD

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
Topic: Restorative Communication for School Staff
Location: TBD

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019
Topic: Creating a Positive School Culture
Location: TBD

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
Topic: Building Support with Parents and Staff
Location: TBD

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020
Topic: Trauma Awareness, Mindfulness, and Self-Care
Location: TBD

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Topic: Promoting Youth Leadership
Location: TBD

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Topic: Special Education and Restorative Justice Practices
Location: TBD

For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].